Immortal Guys Solving Crimes

I have recently realized that I enjoy a rather specialized television sub-genre: immortal guys and normal women solving crimes. Examples:

Lucifer season 2 has just returned, with the prince of hell trying to figure out his feelings for the police detective he works with. In this most recent episode, “Stewardess Interruptus”, the two murder victims are former lovers of Lucifer, a nice device to complicate things.

Lauren German and Tom Ellis in Lucifer

Lauren German and Tom Ellis in Lucifer

I recently binged the only season of Moonlight, a vampire PI series starring that guy from Hawaii Five-O (Alex O’Loughlin), that girl who fell in love with David Tennant’s Doctor through a fireplace (Sophia Myles), and Veronica Mars‘ boyfriend (Jason Dohring). It’s distracting escapism, a lightweight blend of drama, romance, and angst.

Brian White, Sophia Myles, Alex O'Loughlin, Shannyn Sossamon, Jacob Vargas, and Jason Dohring in Moonlight

Brian White, Sophia Myles, Alex O’Loughlin, Shannyn Sossamon, Jacob Vargas, and Jason Dohring in Moonlight

I still miss Forever (DVD set), in which Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd) can’t die so he works as a NYC medical examiner. Even though it was basically the same show as …

New Amsterdam, which featured that guy with the unpronounceable name from Game of Thrones (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as an immortal NYC detective. Both had supporting characters of sons much older than their fathers, and both had interesting views of how the city and culture had changed over the years. (NC-W was cuter, but IG had a British accent, so…) This one only ran 8 episodes, though, and isn’t easily available, so far as I know.

Alexie Gilmore, Stephen Henderson, Zuleikha Robinson, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in New Amsterdam

Alexie Gilmore, Stephen Henderson, Zuleikha Robinson, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in New Amsterdam

I’m not sure I’m enjoying the newest season of Sleepy Hollow, now that they’ve gotten rid of Abbie. The new supporting characters — a single-mom federal agent, a geeky researcher, and an unsocial tech genius — are flat so far, the bad guy is pointless, and I don’t like how they seem to be circling back to previous plots and threats I’m tired of. (Plus, they cut Crane’s hair.) But I did like the first season a lot.

Janina Gavankar, Jerry MacKinnon, Tom Mison, Rachel Melvin, and Lyndie Greenwood in Sleepy Hollow season 4

Janina Gavankar, Jerry MacKinnon, Tom Mison, Rachel Melvin, and Lyndie Greenwood in Sleepy Hollow season 4

So, what other shows with this concept have I missed?



4 comments

  • David Oakes

    For a second there I was hoping that CW just gave up the pretense and had named their new show “Immortal Guys solving Crimes”.

    There was the other vampire detective, “Forever Knight”. Plus all the “almost immortal” with things like “Day Break” and “Journeyman”. I want to say there was one where the woman was immortal, and the guy cop was clueless, but it is not coming to me. (Probably mashing up “Innocent Blood” with any number of Vampire TV shows.)

  • Wow, I thought I knew about TV, but I haven’t hard of any of these shows. Seems like I should have run across Forever Knight before now.

    If you want to do “almost immortal/superpowered”, then you start getting into stuff like Elementary and Castle (power = lots of money and knowing everyone).

  • David Oakes

    I was half considering saying “Sherlock”, since he came back from the dead. (And more seriously “Brimstone”, but he didn’t solve crimes per se.)((Think “Reaper” but serious.))

    But yeah, if we go as far as “Immature Male Lead does foolish things, yet comes through”/”Female Partner has to be serious one”, we get everything from “Moonlighting” to “X-Files”. (In fact, more than the lack of solving crimes, it was the lack of a Female Partner that kept me from mentioning “The Immortal”.)((1969, not 2000.))

  • Reaper was almost the opposite. Demon/immortal girl and normal guy. I liked that show.

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